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Why did you choose HCA for your degree?

After a break from education I wanted to find a place where I could explore who I was as a designer without being forced into any one particular box, for me Hereford College of Arts was the right place for me to achieve this. When I spoke to staff, they are were engaging, helpful and really supportive. I had a great interview experience where I was instantly put at ease and inspired by passionate staff who also worked in industry.

What do you love most about studying at HCA?

I love the level of tutor input and their ‘open door’ policy. The tutors are all industry professionals and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the course. They push you to reach your full creative potential.

What piece of work are you proud of so far?

I’m really proud of the ‘Cress Collar’ I designed as part of the ‘Design Identity Project’ I received a live brief set by Envisage Group, to look at innovative and sustainable materials, and this was a great opportunity to design a piece on a subject close to my heart.

I really saw a turning point in my own work. I had great feedback for the design, which also contributed to me winning a student bursary in the Nationwide Framework Knitters Competition.

John Sanders

What is the best thing about studying in Hereford?

Hereford has a very relaxed vibe. The town is the prefect balance of old town and new town, and a great mix of people from all walks of life. There’s a real artistic feel to Hereford that feeds directly into HCA and the student practices.

What advice would you offer students joining HCA?

Work hard and take every opportunity offered to you – you never know where it may lead. I recently worked collaboratively on a project with NMiTE to design the pins for the academic hats worn at an inaugural service for the new university. My design was forged by a current Artist Blacksmithing student Quim Kamikaze.

What are your plans for the future?

I admire the works of Christopher Rayburn and Lucy McRae due to their innovative and sustainable approaches to design. I will be applying for a summer internship with Christopher Raeburn this year.